Author: Ally Condie
Publisher/Year: Penguin Young Readers Group 10/28/14
Length: 320 Pages
Can you hear Atlantia breathing?
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced—she has nothing left to lose.
Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.
Courtesy of Netgalley, i was able to get my hands on the sneak peek for this book – the next on the list from one of my fav authors Ally Condie. Here, we get the first 3 chapters of a new story/series perhaps that takes us to a place in the future, but one that’s quite different from what we got in Matched.
In this story, we’re taken to Atlantia, based on Atlantis i suppose, where society is now living both above and below after ‘The Divide’. Our lead here is Rio, a girl of about 15 or so, who is at the point in her life when she’s taking part in a choosing ceremony of sorts where she has to decide to live her fate and stay below, or ‘sacrifice’ and move above. What gets tricky here is that she’s a twin, and she’s the one of the pair that’s always felt that Above calls to her while her twin believes that below is where they should stay. That all changes though when Rio stays the course and stays below because of a promise made, and her sister chooses to go above.
I think that it’ll be interesting to see where this story goes since we get a bit into Sirens and Sea Witches and begin to see that there’s much more going on that people fear aside from what The Divide caused. The other bit is that i’m sure we’ll have a chance to see that in a ‘coming of age’ type story, we will see Rio begin to question what she’s been taught and i cant wait to see what evolves from that. We get a glimpse of her leading man, and boy named True who also has a friend who chose to go above, and i’d be lying if i didn’t smell a bit of a budding romance here.
Anyhow, it’s a shame that i’ll have to wait until the end of October for this, and perhaps i’ll get lucky and snag a copy before it’s available so i can share with you the story in entirety. In the meantime, wait eagerly folks, because i think that Ms. Condie has done it again.